Freedom of information response

Deprivation of Liberty Orders

Publication date: 
Friday 27 March 2020
Request: 

1. How many a) children aged 15 years old and under and b) children aged 16-17 years old have been subject to Deprivation of Liberty orders since April 2016? Please break down by the route by which the child or young person was placed on a deprivation of liberty order: a) High Court inherent jurisdiction; b) Court of Protection authorisation; and c) Any other means, such as Local Authority sanctioning by another means

2. How many a) children aged 15 and under and b) children aged 16-17 years old who are subject to Deprivation of Liberty orders have been placed in unregulated semi-independent accommodation since April 1st 2016?

3. How many a) children aged 15 and under and b) children aged 16-17 years old who are subject to Deprivation of Liberty orders have had a section 47 investigation triggered while staying in an unregulated home since April 1st 2016?

Response: 

1a. Fewer than 5

1b. Fewer than 5

2. 0

3. 0

We are unable to provide an exact number for questions 1a and 1b above as:

  • There is a low number involved.

  • The release of this information could identify individuals which would constitute their personal data under the Data Protection Act

  • There is no prior expectation on the part of these individuals that their personal information would be published in the wider public domain under the FOI Act

  • Personal data of any other person is exempt under section 40 (2) of the Data Protection Act.

However in the interests of transparency we are able to provide this information to you categorised as fewer than 5 to give you an indication of the figures

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Request reference:
FOI 9882